Picturing War Before It Went Digital

In September 1914, the New York Times published a “Mid-Week Pictorial War Extra” as a Wednesday photographic supplement. It continued after the end of World War I and became known simply as the Mid-Week Pictorial. Although considered separate (subscriptions were offered) from its larger counterpart, the Mid-Week Pictorial was famous and popular for the selection, quality and size of the images. However, time marched (in fact, Time/Life to be exact) on and the competition from LIFE magazine resulting in ending the run in 1937.

The pages here from a 1915 edition, printed on sturdy paper stock and printed in rotograveur, show how war and warfare was covered before Instagram, but in as novel a way as citizen “journalism” is today.

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